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Graphic Design

  • Search for GD120GD120 3 credits

    Digital Graphic Design I

    Introduces students to the concepts of graphic design and production by integrating design principles with software capabilities. Exercises include an introduction to the use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Concepts in color, typography, logo design, page layout, package design and webpage design are covered. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisite: CS120 (can be taken concurrently) or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD130GD130 3 credits

    Introduction to Adobe Web Tools

    Provides overview of various Adobe applications including Acrobat DC, Dreamweaver, Spark, Portfolio and Behance to create web and portfolio sites, social media posts and videos. Free productivity applications for time and income tracking, creating estimates and invoices, and project management will also be explored.
    Prerequisite: CS120 or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD140GD140 3 credits

    Electronic Publishing Applications I

    Introduces the student to the computer software used in the development of page design and layout. Emphasis will be placed on the production of basic business publications including newsletters, fliers, brochures, etc. General principles of page layout design will be studied including the placement of text, images, illustrations and logotypes and the important synthesis of these elements. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisite: CS120 or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD141GD141 3 credits

    Electronic Publishing Applications II

    Emphasis is on the proper preparation of electronic pre-press files for spot-color, multi-color and process-color print production. Students will execute print projects using the computer to create pre-press files for print production. They will also examine many advanced layout and printing techniques, multiple page document preparation and the proper methods for sending files to printers. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisite: GD140.

  • Search for GD150GD150 3 credits

    Computer Illustration (Illustrator)

    Develops competency in the creation of computer-generated illustrations. Includes instruction in creating vector graphics and techniques for logo design as well as brochure, book, magazine, and advertising illustration. Adobe Illustrator is currently the application used in this course.
    Prerequisite: CS120 or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD160GD160 3 credits

    Digital Imaging (Photoshop)

    Explores a wide range of digital imaging techniques from photo touch-ups to realistic scenes created from scratch. Digital image creation and manipulation commands and operations will be covered. Design, publishing concepts, and terms will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to creating files for effective output whether for printed media or electronic. Adobe Photoshop is the application currently used.
    Prerequisite: CS120 or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD170GD170 3 credits

    Motion Graphics (After Affects)

    Introduces Adobe© After Effects for 2D animation and visual effects for television. Students will learn the essentials of motion graphics including visual rhythm and kinetic typography. Through a series of lectures and assignments, students learn how to conceptualize and visualize motion graphic storyboards and develop methods of producing title sequences, television network identifications, music video effects, and Web-based graphic animations.
    Prerequisites: GD120, GD150 and GD160.

  • Search for GD190GD190 3 credits

    Introduction to Animation (Adobe Animate)

    Using the Adobe Animate application, students design rich media Web content containing interactivity, animation and sound. Students gain an understanding of Animate’s logic, concepts and language. In addition, students will learn of designer/developer resources for continued self-paced learning. Topics include introduction to rich media; the Animate drawing tools; creating Animate movies; adding graphic elements; designing with text; symbols, instances, and libraries; working with sound and motion; using ActionScript to create interactivity; combining Animate with HTML; integrating Illustrator and Photoshop with Animate using Animate Catalyst; publishing an Animate website.
    Prerequisite: CS120 or documented proficiency.

  • Search for GD200GD200 3 credits

    Survey of Graphic Design History

    Surveys the history of graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Studies graphic styles of the twentieth century, using the works of designers and illustrators that have influenced the continuing development of the discipline. Students will conduct research, prepare a research paper, a presentation and create a poster in a chosen graphic style of the twentieth century. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: ART116, GD120 and WR121.

  • Search for GD220GD220 3 credits

    Digital Graphic Design II

    Explores the communication of ideas and information through visual means. Students apply design process and principles, visual language, and the art of problem solving to finding creative solutions to complex visual communications problems. Various layout formats, the creative use of typography, concept origination and development are also addressed. A professional approach to the discipline will be stressed. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: ART116, GD120, GD140, GD150, GD160 and WR121. Must be taken concurrently with GD227.

  • Search for GD223GD223 3 credits

    Digital Graphic Design III

    Focuses on creative typography for visual communication and stresses the use of typography as a design and communication tool. Emphasis will be on formal design issues related to typography, composition, scale and proportion and the relationships of type, layout and color in two- and three-dimensional graphic design projects. Students will study the history and classifications of letterforms and employ this knowledge base in the creation of various typographical designs and presentations. Typical projects may range from letter and alphabet design to the use of typographical forms as the feature design elements in graphic designs or page layouts. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: GD220 and GD227.

  • Search for GD224GD224 3 credits

    Digital Graphic Design IV

    Builds on basic concepts of graphic design and introduces systems of visual organization and composition for two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasis is on problem solving and idea generation skills to develop strong conceptual solutions. Students will gain experience solving complex visual communication problems through advanced design projects in logo design, package design, point-of-purchase and publication design. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: GD220 and GD227.

  • Search for GD227GD227 3 credits

    Production Graphics

    Introduces students to the print production process with an emphasis on document preparation and production planning and management. Students will learn about the history of printing and the commercial printing process. The full range of the design-to-print process will be covered. Topics include paper selection, soliciting bids and preparing quotes, selecting printers, photographers and other suppliers, design editing, typography selection and copy-fitting, proper image preparation, understanding color models for print, proofing and editing, and binding and finishing techniques. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: ART116, GD140, GD150, GD160 and WR121. Must be taken concurrently with GD220.

  • Search for GD229GD229 3 credits

    Digital Portfolio and Professional Practices

    This course will discuss the opportunities in the various fields of Web design, and graphic design. Students will be guided in the preparation of a digital portfolios of their work, in the development of resumes, a personal identity systems for a business cards, letterheads and envelops, and cover letters to prospective employers. Students will learn practical interviewing techniques, job search “netiquette,” and how to position themselves using online professional networking sites. The intent will be to prepare students to enter the design field with a confident and professional attitude. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisite: GD224.

  • Search for GD230GD230 3 credits

    Digital Graphic Design Studio

    Advanced exploration of digital design, with the emphasis upon creative problem solving, project management and professional practices. Students will learn to solve complex visual communication problems through projects in Web design, advertising campaign design and package design. Provides the opportunity to work collaboratively on special projects and includes in-depth study of digital design processes and procedures. Students pursuing AAS degrees in digital graphic design, digital Web design and Web development will be enrolled in the same section and working collaboratively to create and produce related promotional materials for print and Web. Additional lab hours required.
    Prerequisites: GD220 and GD227.

  • Search for GD260GD260 4 credits

    Web Graphics (Photoshop for Web)

    Provides intermediate-level digital imaging training using Photoshop CC for designing websites. Students learn to create shared libraries of graphics, colors and styles assets between Adobe programs and generate assets and extract assets for web at different device resolutions. The use of Dreamweaver CC to extract style information and assets from Photoshop comps will be explored. Emphasis is on utilization of effective design principles and exploration of industry-appropriate production tools.
    Prerequisites: GD160.

  • Search for GD280GD280 Variable credit

    Cooperative Work Experience/Graphic Design

    Provides work-related experience and study in selected occupational environments for second-year computer science students.
    Prerequisite: Permission of CWE instructor.